By Gary Budzak
A new chapter of a service organization for women – Delta Theta Tau – is forming in Delaware.
“It’s a national philanthropic society, an adult fraternal organization, but because we’re women, we call it a sorority,” said Delta Theta Tau (DTT) member Amy Smallwood-Ringenberg.
Delaware resident Smallwood-Ringenberg said she was a member of a DTT chapter in her hometown New Paris, Ohio, near the Indiana border, but is tired of the two-hour (one way) commute.
“I’m third-generation DTT,” she said. “It’s a great place to meet not only women of different backgrounds, but different ages.”
Delta Theta Tau is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization.
“The organization was founded in 1903 by five women in Muncie, Ind., who were young girls who just graduated from high school,” Smallwood-Ringenberg said. “We’re over 100 years old and we have about 100 chapters now all over the country.”
Chapters can raise money for causes on a local, state and national level. Nationally, DTT is trying to rid the planet of a genetic disorder called ectodermal dysplasias.
“At a chapter level, you’re free to do whatever you feel is right for your community,” she said. “In New Paris, we do college scholarships for high school seniors every year, and we do our Thanksgiving baskets every year for people in the community who are in need, usually older people.
“With the (Delaware) Arts Festival, we might have a bake sale to help them raise money,” she continued. “It’s good to raise money locally, because people know the money is going back in the community.”
Membership dues are between $40 to $50 annually, and any woman 18 or older who is a high-school graduate or equivalent may join a chapter.
Smallwood-Ringenberg is holding an informational meeting at 4 p.m. May 31 at Andrews House, 39 W. Winter St. Those who can’t make it but are interested are asked to email delawareDTT@outlook.com. For more information, visit http://www.deltathetatau.org/.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.